UCMAA Board Application Criteria

In an effort to ensure that the UC Merced Alumni Association Board (UCMAA Board) is not only comprised of the best alumni applicants but is also representative of the alumni population at large in terms of gender, class year, school and region, the following scoring system has been created to aid the Nominating Committee in reviewing the applications. 

The UCMAA Board application process is a holistic review of the new applicants and re-applying board members. This rubric is used as a minimum review threshold in determining which applicants may be selected for an interview with the Nominating Committee. This rubric, the interview, current board culture and current board composition are all factors in the selection process. The evaluation process will continue to be redefined and evolve each year as needed to ensure that the alumni leadership represents the association at the present time. 

The Nominating Committee is comprised of the President, Vice President, Director of Alumni Relations and three board members that are appointed by the President and approved by the UCMAA Board. The Nominating Committee will thoroughly review all applications using a point system, select candidates will be extended an opportunity to interview and finalists will be recommended to the UCMAA Board* for review and approval. Those who have been approved by the UCMAA Board will serve a three-year term starting from July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2023. 

Stay up to date with the UCMAA Board Application process by joining us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Once you submit your application we invite you to post an update on social media using #UCMAABoadApps. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Alumni Relations directly at 209.228.ALUM or alumni@ucmerced.edu.

*Note: UCMAA Board members who are re-applying are not permitted to participate in the review and voting of applications.

Application Questions


What skills, experiences or abilities do you have that will make the greatest impact on your service to the UCMAA Board as it reaches out across the community and world to better engage UC Merced alumni?

New Applicants: “Please describe a personal project you will initiate during your first year as a board member.

Re-applying Board Members: “What do you feel you’ve contributed to the UC Merced Alumni Association during your time on the UCMAA Board? You can reference projects or initiatives specific to board service or projects in addition to your board service. What will you do for the next three years as a board member?”


What extracurricular community involvement have you pursued either while a UC Merced student and/or as an alumnus/na to give back to your community and/or alma mater? Please elaborate on your role in these endeavors and any of their professional affiliations (ex: Rotary, Kiwanis, Chamber, RCO advisor, UCMAA Chapter Leader, additional boards).


Which Alumni Relations & UCMAA Pillar(s) would you work on as a board member – Advocacy, Community Impact, Lifelong Learning, Philanthropy and Student Support?

Alumni Engagement


Giving back to UC Merced is a factor in the application evaluation process, however, the dollar amount and fund designation is not taken into consideration – only participation. Alumni donors are weighted slightly more than non-donors since philanthropy is one priority of the association. All alumni can support UC Merced at giving.ucmerced.edu and will be counted as an alumni donor.


Overall involvement and engagement as an alumnus is a key factor in the application evaluation process.

Additional Requirements


Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their current resume to provide experiential context to the Nominating Committee and UCMAA Board – the inclusion of volunteer history is recommended.  


The committee may conduct interviews in the month of June 2020.